Angletarn Pikes

Date: 16 May 2018 Weather: 14’C, sunny, breezy
Height gain: 1,493 ft Distance: 4.9 miles
Time taken: 4 hrs 30 mins Wainwrights: 48 of 214

Route:  From Patterdale up Boredale Hause and back the same way.

It’s yet another beautiful day but a little cooler than it has been and some breeze is forecast.  We park in Patterdale no problem and head for Boredale Hause.   The path is very clear and climbs at a reasonable gradient to the Hause which is 1,00ft of ascent – sometimes I find it ok and sometimes I struggle with it.  Today I’m ok but S is finding it hard going (the rule of fellwalking – very rarely to we both feel good at the same time).

The views as you gain height are lovely looking down the valley and across to the Helvellyn range.  Brotherswater comes into view as we gain height with Little Hart Crag and Dove Crag behind it and Red Screes on the far right:


The path fixers are doing a lot of work here and big sacks of rocks on the path make it quite a logistical challenge at times – but we know we’ll be grateful for their work once it’s done.

We reach the Hause and carry pretty much straight on towards Angletarn Pikes.  As we gain a little more height we look across to the path which takes you 900ft directly up Place Fell:


S is still struggling so we accept the need for lunch about 200ft from the top.  It’s very pleasant sitting in the sunshine, although the breeze means waterproofs go on while we eat.  Lunch restores some energy and we make our way to the top – the last 50ft or so are steep and rocky and we hope we’re ascending the right pike (we are).

Finally we reach the top:


Great views west towards Helvellyn and Catsycam:


And a good view glimpsing the end of Ullswater with Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike rising behind it:


As we come down off the top the views down to beautiful Angletarn itself are of course great as always:


We pick up a grassy descent route from the tarn and soon re-join the top of Boredale Hause for the last 1,000ft of descent on the clear path – dodging bags of rocks as we go.

Getting to the top of the Pikes is a bit of a faff but Angletarn itself grows on me every time I see it – looking forward to the next trip up this way.

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